This led it into overt conflict with the allies and understated tension with Germany. The invasion, known as Operation Torch, was launched after the Soviet Union had pressed the United States and Britain to start operations in Europe, and open a second front to help reduce the pressure of German forces on the Russian troops. Post by michael mills » 08 May 2012, 04:50 Because they were duty-bound as members of the French armed forces to obey the orders of the legal Government of France. Currently, the division between Vichy France and Free France is handled by creating a civil war in France and Germany puppeting the fascist side. Giraud arrived in Algiers on November 10, and agreed to subordinate himself to Darlan as the French African army commander. yes. [12] Germany and France fighting a defensive war against the Soviets is about the only thing what could create a real alliance between Germany and France. In 1942 the US and Britain had more than three divisions in battle against Germany, but certainly not yet twenty to fight against Germany for French territory. Now we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs.... To answer the original question from another perspective... because the Germans literally had a gun at the head of the French in Europe. After the fall of France in 1940, French Somaliland declared loyalty to the Vichy France. Due to this, Germany will lose a … Post by michael mills » 19 May 2012, 02:43 When the Germans first moved into the Unoccupied Zone on 11 November 1942, the order to deploy into divisional redoubts was given by, I think, the deputy chief of staff, and movements began. Instead of welcoming American troops with brass bands, Vichy France’s colonial forces fought back with everything they had. Henri Giraud and Charles de Gaulle then became co-presidents of the Comité français de la Libération nationale, which unified the Free French Forces and territories controlled by them and had been founded at the end of 1943. But the operation is often viewed as an unnecessary diversion of British naval resources away from more vital theatres of operation. In June 1941, the next flashpoint between Britain and Vichy France came when a revolt in Iraq was put down by British forces. It included the actual French territory without the Alsace, Lorraine and the colonies. Admiral Jean de Laborde was in command of the French warships based there. When France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, following the German invasion of Poland, the French military spent eight months watching and … False rumours abounded that France had made major concessions regarding colonies and German control of French ports and the French fleet. In 1940, many of the aircraft stationed in Syria and Lebanon had been sent back to France. With the Vichy leaders gone from French territory, on 23 October 1944, the U.S., Britain and the Soviet Union formally recognized the Provisional Government of the French Republic (GPRF), headed by de Gaulle, as the legitimate government of France. In November 1942, the Allies landed in French North Africa (Operation Torch). General Henri Giraud had switched from Vichy to the Allies and Roosevelt found him a preferable alternative to de Gaulle. In March 1940, the Soviet Ambassador to France, Yakov Surits, had been declared persona non grata in his host country. Otherwise there were a lot of Alsatians … The French fought the Allies in North Africa in November 1942, but never saw real conflict before Vichy France was taken over by the Allies in 1944. The Vichy regime, proclaimed by Marshall Pétain after the Fall of France in 1940 before Nazi Germany, was quickly recognized by the Allies, including the USSR until 30 June 1941 and Operation Barbarossa.However, Vichy France broke with the United Kingdom after the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Lv 4. The British feared that Japanese Navy might use Madagascar as a base and thus cripple British trade and communications in the Indian Ocean. Hitler was impressed with Petain's commitment to defend the French Empire. The Vichy French fought the allies in Africa, Syria, and even Madagascar. ... tend to lay out the steps as being France + her Eastern European allies > USSR (And then the US in the second book. Historically, neither side had much of an idea how … Hopefully others will have something to contribute. As a result, Madagascar was invaded by British and Commonwealth forces. Your claim Hitler would not allow the French to fight the Allies is without historical precedent and contrary to Hitler's stated and actual actions. Both the Free French and Vichy French pretended to be “the French” at this time. At that point, the Vichy regime became entirely a puppet of the German occupiers. The Vichy were not, and did fight us when we landed in North Africa earlier in the war. ammianus. The small town of Montoire-sur-le-Loir was the scene of two meetings. The existence of Vichy France was one reason why the Germans did not invade Spain in an effort to capture Gibraltar. 2 Answers. Giraud became Darlan's successor in French Africa with Allied support. The conflict was settled with Japanese mediation on 9 May 1941, with French Indochina losing territory to Thailand. The Americans ended relations when Germany occupied all of France in late 1942. This lasted until December 1942. Her … [14], Giraud took part in the Casablanca conference, with Roosevelt, Churchill and de Gaulle, in January 1943. Yes, but the idea was that the invasion of Vichy Colonies would result in Petain and the Vichy French people rallying behind war, as well as an alliance with Germany as they would be seen fighting for the same cause. The United States granted Vichy full diplomatic recognition, sending Admiral William D. Leahy to France as ambassador. by waldzee » 08 May 2012, 16:07, Post More info would be fun. Free French Forces and threat of civil war, Conflicts with Britain in Dakar, Syria, and Madagascar, Arthur L. Funk, "Negotiating the 'Deal with Darlan,'", Martin Thomas, "The Discarded Leader: General Henri Giraud and the Foundation of the French Committee of National Liberation,", Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers, 1941, General, The Soviet Union, Volume I: 701.6151/51: Telegram – The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (, David A. Walker, "OSS and Operation Torch. In time, the majority of the colonies tended to switch to the Allied side peacefully in response to persuasion and to changing events. As the US ambassador Admirial Leahey was told 'If you come with three divisions we will fight you, if you come with twenty we will welcome you'. by The_Enigma » 08 May 2012, 09:00, Post The refusal of Gabon to change sides led to the Battle of Gabon between Free and Vichy forces, and it was soon after also under Free French control. Had Khalkin Gol happened during Barbarossa I'm pretty sure it would have escalated into a full blown conflict. I know my second world war history very well but the other day while reading about vichy frances role i became curios if the free french forces lead by charles de gaul ever fought the vichy french forces lead by phillipe Petain. Detainees were also forced to work on the Transsaharien railroad. Quote; Link to post Share on other … By November 27th, the Germans had reached the naval base of Toulon. While tightly controlled by the Nazi regime, Vichy France was permitted the means to defend its African colonies against foreign invasion. Pétain spent four years in Vichy and after the Allied invasion … When the Germans occupied the puppet Vichy state of southern France on November 11 1942, Corsica, occupied by France since 1768 after having been previously part of the Italian city state of Genoa, was returned to Italy, and Italy's territorial acquisitions in the French provinces of Savoy and Provence dating from 1940 were also enlarged by the Germans after November 11 1942. It was reckoned that they would land on the Mediterranean coast, and that the Vichy Government would not oppose them. Vichy France is usually represented with a military uniform. They even recognized Vichy as the french government until 1941/42. The first combat of the Vichy French military against the Allies was during Operation Torch, during the North Africa invasion. President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull hoped to use American influence to encourage those elements in the Vichy government opposed to military collaboration with Germany. [4], Vichy France continued to maintain relations with the Republic of China government led by Chiang Kai-shek—exiled to Chongqing in the Chinese interior after the fall of the capital Nanjing to the Japanese in 1937. Unsurprisingly, Vichy severed diplomatic relations on 8 July. Vichy France (July 1940–September 1944), France under the regime of Marshal Philippe Petain, from France’s defeat by Nazi Germany to its liberation by the Allies in World War II. I understand why the Vichy government in Metropolitan France opposed the Allies (at least publicly) but why did French colonies like Madagascar fight back? After all, France had signed an armistice with Adolf Hitler on June 22, 1940, within weeks of being overrun by German soldiers. The Roosevelt administration was notably cool, if not hostile, to de Gaulle, especially resenting his refusal to cooperate in the Normandy invasion of 6 June 1944 (Operation Overlord). A condition of the armistice (22 June 1940), was that France would retain the French Navy, the Marine Nationale, under strict conditions. Admiral François Darlan had landed in Algiers the day before Operation Torch. The Vichy French sided with the Nazis the enemies who took over their country, and against the allies (France's friends) because.....they weren't France. German and Italian Air Force aircraft, staging through the French possession of Syria, intervened in the fighting in small numbers. In March 1945, after mainland France had been liberated and the war situation looking increasingly grim for the Japanese, they staged a coup d'état in French Indochina and dissolved it, creating puppet states of its constituent parts. The allies tried to keep Pétain away from the germans. [9], From mid-1940 until mid-1941 the USSR maintained diplomatic relations with the Vichy Regime. in world war 2 did the vichy french ever fight the free french? Firstly many thanks for the well considered and intelligent responses to my first thread-starter on this Forum about "which German advanced weapon had the … by murx » 11 May 2012, 10:46, Post 5,668 Vichy French soldiers defected to the Free French and the armistice agreement led to the repatriation of 37,563 military and civilian personnel back to France. Vichy France was established during WW2 by the German occupational army it was a puppet government set up and controlled by the Nazis during WW2. Edit Vichy France existed during the second world war as a Nazi puppet state, half of its territory (North West) was occupied by German's army while the rest of it was considered "free". 2 0. Last but not least being in the Vichy camp didn't sit well with everyone and there's a big difference between paying lip service to the idea that a part of France was unoccupied and that's what you were loyal to and actually joining the Axis to fight against the Allies. Lv 7. In March 1941, Bogomolov was promoted to Soviet Ambassador to France. Vichy France was established during WW2 by the German occupational army it was a puppet government set up and controlled by the Nazis during WW2. they fought against the allied landings in north africa in 1942 (operation torch) they caused about 500 american casualties before the vichy french commanders in the area … Post The most important such action was the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon on 27 November 1942, preventing its capture by the Axis. In fact many governments had full relations with Vichy for much of the war. Favorite Answer. Numerous Jewish children were prohibited from going to school, something which not even Vichy had implemented in metropolitan France. Although Vichy France was nominally in control of all of France–apart from Alsace Lorraine–in practice the Germans controlled over half of the country, including the northern and western coasts, the industrial northeast, and the Paris region. The Vichy French fought the allies in Africa, Syria, and even Madagascar. Christofferson, Thomas R., and Michael S. Christofferson: Rossi, Mario: "United States Military Authorities and Free France, 1942-1944. ... loss of the remaining French army without a noticeable fight, the occupation of all France, economic collapse, put … This is a understudied subject & anything you might make avaialble for sources and facts would be most welcome. 10 years ago. Think of it as similar to the invasion of Kuwait in 1991, "Desert Storm", … During the battle for Dakar, Vichy had launched retaliatory bombing raids on Gibraltar, causing fairly minor damage but killing several civilians. Paxtion 'Vichy France' & Jackson 'The Dark Years' describe it as poplar as long as the interests of the individual matched the government policy. Founded in 1999. Jewish property was "aryanized" (i.e. Roosevelt favored trying to get Vichy France into the allied camp, he did not trust The Free French. A scenario like that is improbable to the point of ASB. On 23 September 1940, the British launched the Battle of Dakar, also known as Operation Menace, part of the West Africa Campaign. How did Vichy France come to be? Top. Whereas the majors didn't hand their best tech and equipment over to their allies, they did often sell or give them the next-best things, be it Shermans for UK or StuGs for Finland. – Tea Drinker Jan 14 '14 at 15:57. … While a few French colonies went over to the Free French immediately, many remained loyal to Vichy France. While many of the French government officials may have been willing to sacrifice the remaining safety of their fellow French in Europe, which often included their families, they were not willing to do so without a strong prospect of victory. The French squadron at Alexandria, under Admiral René-Emile Godfroy, was effectively interned until 1943 after an agreement was reached with Admiral Andrew Browne Cunningham, commander of the Mediterranean Fleet. The period of resistance against the occupation and Franco-French struggle for control of the colonies between the Vichy regime and the Free French, who continued the fight on the Allies' side after the Appeal of 18 June by General Charles de Gaulle, recognized by the United Kingdom as France's government-in-exile. Afterwards, the Soviet Chargé d’Affaires in Vichy, Alexander Bogomolov, maintained contacts with the Vichy Regime. The colony remained such during the rest of the East African Campaign, but stayed out of that conflict. There was also Dakar which was an emphatic victory for Vichy France fighting hard against the Allies. ", This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 10:32. The failure at Dakar hurt De'Gaulles standing with the British. In west Africa, in the Middle East, on Madagascar, and finally during the Torch landings, why did these Vichy French forces fight the allies and in some cases their own countrymen? The Pétain government pledged that the fleet would never fall into German hands, but refused to send the fleet beyond Germany's reach, either to Britain, or even to far away territories of the French Empire, such as the West Indies. Sid... do you have more details on the French plans and the intel item. Operation Torch: Why Did America Fight French Forces in 1942? French ships in British ports were seized by the Royal Navy. The Allies discussed their general strategy for the war, and recognized joint leadership of North Africa by Giraud and de Gaulle. 8 years ago. One problem is Hilter misjudged the French intent & thought they would not fight a war over Poland or the USSR. ... April, and May 1940. In October 1940, the military forces of Thailand initiated border skirmishes across the border with Indochina, which escalated into Franco-Thai War. To counter the Vichy regime, General Charles de Gaulle created the Free French Forces (FFL) after his Appeal of 18 June 1940 radio speech. However France broke with the United Kingdom after the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. An attack on French North Africa was proposed instead. The United States granted Vichy full diplomatic recognition, sending Admiral William D. Leahy to France as American ambassador. France was divided into two zones: one under German military occupation and one left to the French in full sovereignty, at least nominally. the point being here is the French were not going to expose themselves to complete conquest by Germany through a weak Allied effort. Vice-Admiral Somerville, with Force H under his command, was instructed to deal with the large squadron in port at Mers El Kébir harbor near Oran in July 1940. Re: Why did Vichy France fight the allies? Even De gaulle was sentenced to death by the Vichy Government. It raised the prospect of Frenchmen shooting at Frenchmen and fears of a civil war. A Vichy territory, conquered by the Allies is freed for the Free France, as if it was taken from France previously. Wasn't it the attack on the French fleet anchored in Mers El Khebir (Operation Catapult) , taking the life of 1250+ French sailors, which turned French citizens into "Anti-British" ? The branch was soon split into two camps: those who escaped from France and joined the Free French Forces (Forces Françaises Libres) and those who stayed and flew for the French Armistice Air Force on behalf of the Vichy government. It was agreed that the Free French would be explicitly excluded from the operation, due to tensions which had arisen from French forces fighting each other in Syria previously. Vichy France will defect to the Allies. Twenty years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs. By 25 September, the battle was over, the plan was unsuccessful, and Dakar remained under Vichy French control. Of course from an allied point of view they were considered as freedom fighters and they were welcomed under their own colours , as part of Monty's army in North Africa or fighting with the Americans (1st Free French armored Division in Alsace for instance) . Initially, Winston Churchill was ambivalent about de Gaulle and dropped ties with Vichy only when it became clear that it would not fight the Germans. It was an authoritarian regime. It is questionable that he ordered that many French resistance leaders who had helped Eisenhower's troops be arrested, without any protest by Roosevelt's representative, Robert Murphy. Indeed - and also...French colonial authorities and their respective military commanders had a greater degree of independent action than, say, a period. Following the Defeat of France in 1940, the French military chose two ways to fight on - One being escape to England and support the allies or Two supporting the newly formed Vichy French Government. BELFAST said: You would need to the Soviets to be much stronger economically. It was there to help control the French population and add minor military support to the Germans . The … Steve. Vichy France controlled North Africa. This somewhat disappointed De'Gaulle, who had expected more to defect to his side. by waldzee » 08 May 2012, 12:26, Post The Government of Vichy France was the collaborationist ruling regime or government in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.Of contested legitimacy, it was headquartered in the town of Vichy in occupied France, but it initially took shape in Paris under Maréchal Philippe Petain as the successor to the French Third Republic in June 1940. British troops would go on to come to blows with Vichy forces during Operation Torch. Vichy France. Free France and its Free French Forces (French: France Libre et les Forces françaises libres) was the government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War, and its military forces, that continued to fight against the Axis powers as an Allied nation, following the Fall of France.Set up in London in June 1940, it organised and supported the Resistance in Occupied France, and established … Even though he was now in the Allied camp, Darlan maintained the repressive Vichy system in North Africa, including concentration camps in southern Algeria and racist laws. After Darlan signed an armistice with the Allies and took power in North Africa, Germany invaded Vichy France on 10 November 1942 (operation code-named Case Anton), triggering the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon. by Sid Guttridge » 08 May 2012, 12:54, Post 2 0. The british navy had some battles against the fleet of Vichy but mostly because they supported the axis with ressources or supplies. On a 3-6 they refuse to fight and join the Allied side (this can be change to 1-3, and 4-6 if the odds don’t seem fair). To what extent did the Western Allies pursue an essentially ‘Italy & Vichy France First’ policy from mid 1940-43? The result was shock and resentment towards Britain within the French Navy, and by the general French public. Vichy France will accept this loss of territory as a delayed, but still inevitable result of the war they were in previously (Special rule). Other French colonies had the decision to switch sides enforced more strenuously. Roosevelt and Churchill accepted Darlan, rather than de Gaulle, as the French leader in North Africa. It was more of a grey status and thats the problem of HOI4. This was known as the Syria-Lebanon Campaign or Operation Exporter. During the war, Vichy France conducted military actions against armed incursions from Axis and Allied belligerents, an example of armed neutrality. 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